Western Kitchen Decor
If you're contemplating a kitchen remodel or getting ready to install a brand new kitchen, and your tastes are in the "down-on-the-range" range, you may want to explore the bountiful options available for western kitchen decor.
Cute metal baskets line the top of this stunning kitchen cabinet, as seen on A Beautiful Mess. The baskets not only make it super easy to see what’s up there, but they also keep everything neat and organized.
If you’d rather keep your storage items under wraps, these perfectly sized, numbered baskets should do the trick. Simply visit A Diamond in the Stuff to see how you can make your own.
Safe and Sound
It may seem scary while you’re putting them up there, but by storing breakable items above the kitchen cabinet, you can keep them away from small hands. Here, gorgeous glass jars add a personal touch to the kitchen and are stored safely out of harm’s way.
Chalk It Up
To keep knickknacks in their place but never out of mind, colored baskets with chalkboard labels are an excellent way to go. Visit A Time for Everything to see how mini chalkboards and a few cans of spray paint can create the perfect kitchen storage solution for you.
Add life to your kitchen by placing a few potted plants above the cabinets. And if the cabinets are too high to comfortably water the plants, even fake varieties can offer a feeling of health and happiness to the home.
In this charming kitchen, pottery, accessories and rarely used serving ware are kept safe above a lovely cabinet with glass doors. Excellent lighting and the warm, neutral color of the walls and cabinets help to keep everything above the cabinet in sight and in mind.
From rustic flourishes to western-themed artwork, creating a warm and welcoming (and maybe just a little bit wild) kitchen design is well within your reach.
Western-themed kitchens often incorporate regional decor into their designs, reflecting a particular geography of the sprawling American West, or even suggesting a particular historical period. Southwestern-style kitchens, for example, often start with the burnt oranges and terracotta tiles familiar in places like Arizona and New Mexico. This style often combines the history and culture of these western states with those of Mexico for a stylish melange that's as much about cuisine, weather and desert living as it is about particular hues and textures.
Similarly, decor that's inspired by the western mountain states often reflects the natural grandeur and hardiness of the culture there. Raw, unfinished wood, fur throws and trimmings on cushions and seating and accessories like wood stoves all speak to a cabin culture used to weathering winters in anticipation of spectacular springs.
Artwork is often a feature of western-style kitchen decor, from wall paintings and prints to colorful murals and backsplashes in terracotta or mosaic tile. Themes often build on the history of life in the west, from cowboys on lonesome cattle drives to the historical interactions between Native Americans and settlers. Nature is a common theme in classical western art as well, with the west's historical residents — no longer indigenous but forever immortalized — commonly depicted in the form of wild horses, wolves, bears and cougars.
Nature tends to spring up everywhere in western-themed kitchens, via furniture, artwork, ceilings or surfaces. Exposed wood beams are a common touch for ceilings. Furniture may be hand-carved from local woods, with cedar and knotty pine among the more popular choices. Countertops and floors are often matte as opposed to glossy. They're usually found in natural materials like stone and granite, grounding the western theme with a substantial and practical feel. Cabinets are also often constructed from sturdy, solid local wood choices and left unfinished to show off their natural grain and knotting.
Whether your goals are to create a sun-baked color scheme of rusty reds and deep yellows, to deploy a collection of artistic decor flourishes, or to add subtle stylistic elements like monogramming, choosing a western kitchen theme will give you the opportunity to create a kitchen design that's both visually and historically interesting.